Baby Green Bean — Sniffles and Sneezes, Naturally

October 15, 2008

When little babies come to being, they seem to come into the world with a lot of little worries. They’re in pain when they teeth, and when they have fevers, tummy aches, and ear infections it makes them inconsolably upset and miserable. Immature immune systems make them more susceptible to catching colds.

So what’s a mom to do? As children, most of us were given over-the-counter medications, and our pediatricians prescribed antibiotics for any infections. Those medications have been a great asset for many a moms who had to make middle-of-the-night runs when a fever struck.

Then what’s the worry? We’re fine and health now, aren’t we? Yes, alhamdulillah we are. But what’s behind it all?

To begin, conventional medicine simply defines health as the lack of symptoms (if you dry up a runny nose, is your cold gone and are you healthy?). Thus, most of our OTC medications are always taken to improve our symptoms. (Got a stuffy nose? Take this! Got a sore throat? Take this!) But these are merely indications of a larger problem. When you are ill, your body produces symptoms, which is how we know that the body has recognized that something is wrong and is actively working to heal itself. This “natural regulator” is your body’s auto-regulatory mechanism and it works to keep your body in balance – or in a state of homeostasis.

On the other hand, Homeopathy defines health as the lack of disease (if you get rid of the source of the runny nose in the process of dealing with the source, the runny nose will disappear on its own.) Homeopathic medicines stimulate your body’s homeostatic mechanism so your body heals itself by dealing with the sources of your symptoms.

Homeopathy is a natural approach to medicine that works without contraindications (interference with other medications you may be taking) or side effects to stimulate the body’s curative responses so the body heals itself. The remedies, which are generally dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals, and animals, are selected to specifically match a person’s individual symptom pattern. Isn’t that amazing?

Another interesting fact: Tylenol and Pediacare (two of the most popular infant cold medicine brands) voluntarily recalled all of their children’s cough and cold products off the shelves. The reason for this was “questions have been raised about the safety of these products and whether the benefits justify any potential risks from the use of these products in children, especially in children under 2 years of age.” (FDA Statement)

The safest approach to treating a child’s sniffle and sneezes is with homeopathic remedies, one to try: Hyland’s Teething Tablets, Hyland’s Teething Gel, Hyland’s Sniffles N’ Sneezes 4 Kids



One Response to “Baby Green Bean — Sniffles and Sneezes, Naturally”

  1. Naadiya Patel said

    I’ve always been wary of taking OTC medications for the small things like sniffles, coughs and aches. Like you said, these symptoms are our bodies’ way to notify us that they are fighting something. I don’t necessarily think that drying up your runny nose is the best thing to do – from what I know, the healthiest thing is to get it all out, the same goes with mucus when you have a cough. My moto is “stay away from meds” for the most part.

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